Comics Come of Age in India

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The second edition of the Mumbai Film and Comics Convention was held on the weekend of the 20-21st of October at the World Trade Center in South Mumbai. It was a comic lovers delight with superheros and villains tempting visitors at every turn.

Mumbai Comic Con

In the past year, Comic Cons have been held in major cities in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore as a response to the burgeoning comics market. Most comic creators tend to work in isolation and the comic con is a great platform for artists to interact with each other and forge connections. Emerging Indian graphic novel publishers like Campfire and Holy Cow Entertainment had stalls next to stalwarts like Amar Chitra Katha, India’s largest selling comic book series and Hachette, the world renown French publishing company. In fact, Hachette launched its first Indian graphic novel, Sudarshan (Chimpanzee) at the Comic Con, a telling indication of the increasing popularity of Indian graphic novels.

Over 20,000 people attended the  Mumbai Comic Con with sales crossing over INR 50,00,000. Both, attendees and sales figures have been increasing with each subsequent convention. The continuing success of the Comics Convention is a sign that the comic as an art form is slowly coming into its own in India.

by Sayalee Karkare

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